In honor of Chanukah, and the first day of winter, Jane made the matzoh ball soup recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance. This is the second time she's made this recipe. The first time, the matzoh balls disintegrated. The recipe suggests refrigerating the matzoh ball mixture one hour to overnight. We were both excited about the soup and so, after the hour was up, Jane made the balls and then the soup. What we got was not-so ball soup, or rather a gelatinous mess at the bottom of the soup bowl. That was very disheartening as we both loved matzoh ball soup in our pre-vegan life. We'd been rather hopeful about this recipe since many people have expressed real enthusiasm over this recipe.
Fast forward to yesterday in the grocery store. Jane grabbed a box of matzoh meal. I asked what she was planning on making with it. She replied, "I think it's time to try the matzoh ball soup again." This time she used extra firm tofu and refrigerated the mixture over 24 hours. (We decided the previous failure was due to the 1 hour refrigeration.) As they were cooking the matzoh balls floated; they sank when we removed the lid from the stock pot... as expected. But even though the matzoh balls held together, we were both unimpressed with the taste.
Over time, I've learned there are just some things you can't veganize. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining... perhaps that would have been a complaint last year when I was trying to acclimate to my new way of eating. But over this last year and a half, Jane and I have discovered some really wonderful dishes we might never have tried otherwise. I'm just not sure we'll be trying to veganize matzoh ball soup any time in the near future.
Anyway, we wish a happy Chanukah to all of our readers who are celebrating tonight.